March 27, 2015

Follow Your Passion: A Chorus Line (1985)

What is it that you love doing? Could you imagine your life without your passion? Probably not, that's why they call it a passion, right?

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Luckily for us, we don't have to live without our passion. In fact, self-help gurus will tell you that you absolutely shouldn't live without your passion. The reason being that passions feed our soul in an esoteric way; no amount of money or things can fill that void in our lives. Nor should it.

Broadway dancers and singers are some of the best demonstrators of this point that I can think of. Their entire lives revolve around Broadway, rightfully so since it is very much their passion. I guess that's why I love the movie A Chorus Line  (1985) so much, because even before I knew what it was like to be passionate about something, I couldn't help but relate to the performances of the dancers. This movie is a great reminder to us all about how vital it is to follow our passion in life.

In the movie A Chorus Line (1985), which by the way is based on the famous Broadway musical of the same name, a group of dancers try out for a spot in a new production directed by Zach (Michael Douglas). After a successful initial elimination round, Zach's selection of the final dancers proved harder than he anticipated as the audition process continued and he began to learn more about the eclectic group of experienced individuals. While each dancer was talented in their own right and certainly had a unique story to tell, it was ultimately their expression of their passion that won over  the director; leaving him no choice but to chose them all in the end.

Although this musical is entertaining with lots of song and dance, I think it's also a great reminder of a very important lesson in life: to follow your passion. You see, passions are our life blood; they are our go-to for internal solace even when everything external is chaotic. It's all about finding your own personal inner peace and whatever that thing is for you (i.e. your passion), never stop doing it.

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